Capturing the nation in conversation to build a unique picture of our lives today and preserve it for future generations.

About the Listening Project The British Library Sound Archive


We are asking people up and down the country to share their thoughts and feelings in a recorded conversation with a loved one or relative. What you talk about is up to you.


The nation in conversation

Adventure in the Blood: Adie and Ruth

Adventure in the Blood: Adie and Ruth

Station: BBC Radio Leicester

A mother and son discuss their mutual love of travel and adventure.

We had to go where the work was: Kenneth and Patricia

We had to go where the work was: Kenneth and Patricia

Station: BBC Radio Scotland

Kenneth and Patricia reflect on difficult times in Pakistan, shortly after Partition.

Trains and tears - Phyliss and Freda

Trains and tears - Phyliss and Freda

Station: BBC Radio Devon

Phyliss and Freda were evacuees. They reflect on trains, tears and their mothers’ choices.

Itchy Feet: Ian and Judith

Itchy Feet: Ian and Judith

Station: BBC Radio Leeds

Ian wants to go around the world on his motorbike again, how does Judith feel about it?

The Lost Years are Over: Suzi and Julie

The Lost Years are Over: Suzi and Julie

Station: BBC Radio Scotland

Illness strained the bond between sisters Suzi and Julie. Now they’re closer than ever.

Life lessons and the past – Jane and Kim

Life lessons and the past – Jane and Kim

Station: BBC Radio Devon

Jane and Kim are not the people they were. How have their children changed them?

Too Good For Me: Katrina and Steven

Too Good For Me: Katrina and Steven

Station: BBC Radio Scotland

Katrina and Steven discuss how their disabilities never stood in the way of true love.

Fears and the future - Jane and Kim

Fears and the future - Jane and Kim

Station: BBC Radio Devon

Jane and Kim have chidren with disabilities. Why do they worry for their futures?

We had to go where the work was: Kenneth and Patricia

We had to go where the work was: Kenneth and Patricia

Station: BBC Radio Scotland

Kenneth and Patricia reflect on difficult times in Pakistan, shortly after Partition.

Too Good For Me: Katrina and Steven

Too Good For Me: Katrina and Steven

Station: BBC Radio Scotland

Katrina and Steven discuss how their disabilities never stood in the way of true love.

The Lost Years are Over: Suzi and Julie

The Lost Years are Over: Suzi and Julie

Station: BBC Radio Scotland

Illness strained the bond between sisters Suzi and Julie. Now they’re closer than ever.

It's going to be challenging for our kids: Mark and Caroline

It's going to be challenging for our kids: Mark and Caroline

Station: BBC Radio Scotland

Mark discusses his unlikely journey from drug addict to minister with wife Caroline.

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Find out how to be part of the Listening Project and record your own conversation on our FAQ page.

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Artwork for BBCLP: 06 JUL 14: Sunday Omnibus

BBCLP: 06 JUL 14: Sunday Omnibus

06 Jul 2014

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